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This is an early film by Bruce McDonald filmed on a tiny budget over a few weeks traveling the wilds in Canada. It tells the story of Ramona, sent to recover an errant band who are in ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Valerie Buhagiar ...
Ramona
Gerry Quigley ...
Roy Seth, the Promoter
Larry Hudson ...
Buddy, the Cab Driver
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Bruce Shack, the Director
Shaun Bowring ...
Mathew, the Weenie-Boy
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Russel, the Serial Killer
Mark Tarantino ...
Luke, the 15-Year Old Boy
Jamie Rooney ...
Nature Film Narrator
Peter Morfea ...
Jesus of Toronto
Patricia Sims ...
Corporate Babe
Nazareno Buhagiar ...
Ramona's Father
Giovanna Buhagiar ...
Ramona's Mother
Glen McLaren ...
Gas Station Attendant
Ellen Dean ...
Waitress
Earl Pastko ...
Children of Paradise drums
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This is an early film by Bruce McDonald filmed on a tiny budget over a few weeks traveling the wilds in Canada. It tells the story of Ramona, sent to recover an errant band who are in danger of missing the final date in their tour. After obtaining the job through falsely claiming to be able to drive, she hires a taxi cab to drive her the hundreds / thousands of miles required to get the job done. On the way she meets a variety of characters from a trainee serial killer (who moans that the only jobs available in Canada are ice hockey players or serial killers, and he's no good at ice hockey) who's finding it hard to get off the ground, to a film crew desperate for some live action gore, to a silent young man who refuses to speak as 'he has nothing left to say any more'. The conclusion to the film is just great, as the spaghetti of apparently isolated plot lines are tied together in a thumping final scene. In true road movie style, Ramona gradually develops and breaks out as she ... Written by Chris Ewels <ewels@excc.ex.ac.uk>

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A rock'n'road movie about a girl who learns to drive. See more »


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9 August 1990 (Australia)  »

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Roadkill: Move or Die  »

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CAD 250,000 (estimated)
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Bruce McDonald originally conceived the film as a concert film focusing on the band A Neon Rome, but the band's lead singer, Neal Arbik, was uncooperative during the tour which the planned film was to focus on. Arbik eventually left the music industry before the film could get made as well as before his band's planned second album could even be recorded. Instead, the film became a fictionalized portrayal of A Neon Rome, depicting a band on the verge of collapsing in a similar manner. See more »

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Ramona: Russel, are you really a serial killer?
Russel: Well, I've never really killed anyone before, but that's what I'm shooting for. That's my ambition. I know it's a hard profession, and it's a competive field and getting tougher every year. You have to kill about 20 people now before you're taken seriously, But let's face it, what other options do I have? There's not a lot of opportunities up here for social mobility. I mean you can either become a hockey player or take up a life of crime. And I have weak...
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Followed by Highway 61 (1991) See more »

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The Singer (The V.O.T.P.)
Performed by Stompin' Tom Connors
(C) Crown-Vetch Music Ltd. (CAPAC)
Courtesy Stompin' Tom Ltd.
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No Place Like Home
21 March 2000 | by (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) – See all my reviews

An interesting look at one woman's journey of discovery, Ramona must find the ambulatory band, Children of Paradise, in order to find herself. Like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Ramona meets a cab driver without a brain, a film-maker without a heart, and a serial killer without courage. In leading them to their own paths of personal growth, she discovers her own. An excellent, little film that is worth checking out though it may be difficult to find outside of Canada.


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